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The first railway in Italy was built in 1838 between Naples and Portici, 10km. Naples was the flourishing capital of a kingdom, $B!H(BRegno delle due Sicilie$B!I(B of the Bourbons. Portici is 10km south of Naples facing Bay of Naples. In those days there were a royal villa and many villas of noble families and high officials. Therefore the first railway connection in Italy was laid there. The grand father of the king who let build this railway was the king who built the Caserta palace. By the way the first railway in Japan was built in 1872. A factory area for manufacturing locomotive engines and trains was established just a couple of kilometers from Portici. These factories were active until 1970$B!G(Bs and today the area is The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa.
The steam locomotive is somehow very popular. In Japan we have no steam locomotive engine trains in regular traffic any more. But nearly every day we can see short TV programs of the steam locomotive engine trains. Cylinder, piston, piston rod and driving wheel with balancer; we can see and can understand how they work together. Sand dome and sand pipe to improve traction in wet or icy condition; it is smart. There is no $B!H(BBlack Box$B!I(B.
Contrarily, today we have to live with so many black boxes. Personal computers, cellular phones and ATM. They are so convenient that we buy and use them even if those products are far from the functionally perfect goods. The IT industry takes the advantage of this situation. They call the malfunctions of the goods $B!H(Bbugs$B!I(B so it would not sound fatal errors. Our modern society is full of $B!H(BBlack Boxes$B!I(B. The society$B!G(Bs system itself is structured with the black boxes. Fish, meat, vegetable, Tofu, Ganmodoki and Onigiri,$B!!(Bthey are neatly packed in standard size. You face a living person only once at the casher. She or he controls with a laser beam. And if you pay with your card, there is no conversation, no coins and changes.
In south Italy, its streets are not so neat and clean, buildings are often half fallen even once they were beautiful luxurious villas. But the streets are full of jolly people, they talk, shout, laugh, the street market are colorful and dramatic. Obviously they are not so rich or rather poor. But they are having fulfilling life. You might say the poor people waste time without earning money. We spend 4 hours a day in the subway car shuttling between stressed family life and stressed office life.